Early in 2021, we will be offering to members of All Saints, St Luke’s,
and our church, what is known as ‘A Week of Accompanied Prayer’. Clergy are
expected to take an annual Retreat. It is seen as essential to sustaining
ministry – just having time away from the parish to spend with God. Many people
simply do not have the resources of time or money to go away on retreat.
What is a Week of Accompanied Prayer?
The Week of Accompanied Prayer gives people a retreat experience,
where they live, enabling them to be guided in prayer, whilst in the routine of
everyday life. This should mean that whether you are working full-time or
part-time, caring for young children or for a spouse, partner or family member,
or are restricted due to ill-health or incapacity - you may still be able to
take part and benefit from this experience.
The Church leaders from the 3 churches will also be taking part.
This means that we too, will need to make time for all that is required.
What will be expected of me?
Those who take part will be encouraged to spend half an hour in
prayer each day for five days of the week. They will also meet up with someone
for half an hour each day who will act as their ‘Prayer Companion’. Those who
come in to act as Prayer Companions will not be from any of our churches. The
conversations you have one-to-one with them will be kept confidential. Your
Prayer Companion will guide you through the five days – giving suggestions for
prayer and Bible reading tailored to your needs – and will be praying for you.
How will it help me?
You may feel your prayer needs refreshing, and want to have a go
at a new way of praying; you may need some help just to get yourself into a
regular rhythm of prayer; perhaps you really struggle with prayer, and just
don’t know where to start – your Prayer
Companion can help you. I am really looking forward to this opportunity, and I
hope you will too. We will be telling you more over the months to come.
Comments from people who have experienced a Week of Accompanied
‘I was apprehensive about
joining the Week, but it turned out to be very helpful – I’ve never been
listened to in this way before and felt so encouraged in my relationship with
‘Life is very busy, and I wasn’t sure of committing so much time
to the Week. It’s the best thing I have done in a long time – listening to God,
to myself, and slowing down…I intend to make some changes’.
‘I wasn’t sure what to expect of the chat with the prayer
companion…. but I felt at ease during the week and able to share some of the
difficult parts of my life’.
‘Brilliant week – not judged, not too churchy – just felt I could
be me.’ (17-year-old)
Please do take up this opportunity if you can. I am sure it will
prove to be a great blessing to us all.